Preview 2018: Cincinnati Bearcats. Start Winning Again

Preview 2018: Cincinnati Bearcats. Start Winning Again

2018 Preview

Preview 2018: Cincinnati Bearcats. Start Winning Again


Best Cincinnati Offensive Player

QB Hayden Moore, Sr.
After being a part of the quarterbacking mix in his first two seasons – getting banged up in his sophomore season – he took over the gig last year and looks poised and ready to come up with a big final act.

The 6-2, 215-pounder isn’t the most accurate passer around, but he can run a little bit – taking off for 312 yards and four scores – and he cut down on didn’t make as many big mistakes.

He only connected on 56% of his passes, and there weren’t a whole lot of big things happening down the field – averaging a mere six yards per pass – but he threw for 2,562 yards and 20 scores with nine picks. Now he has to push the ball down the field more.

2. WR Kahlil Lewis, Sr.
3. OG Garrett Campbell, Sr.
4. RB Gerrid Doaks, Soph.
5. RB Michael Warren, Soph.

Best Cincinnati Defensive Player

DT Marquise Copeland, Sr.
He needs to come up with more sacks and more big plays – just like the entire Cincinnati defense – but he’s the best of the bunch coming back for a veteran line. Whether he plays inside or out, the 6-2, 285-pounder produces, making 63 tackles with 3.5 sacks and eight tackles for loss in an all-star season.

2. LB Perry Young, Jr.
3. P James Smith, Soph.
4. DE Kevin Mouhon, Sr.
5. LB Jarell White, Soph.

Key Player To A Successful Season

DE Kevin Mouhon, Sr.
Or someone, anyone, on the defensive outside to get into the backfield. The coaching staff has to come up with an option who can be a terror behind the line, whether that’s a hybrid linebacker, a blitzing safety, or anyone who can be disruptive.

On a line full of tackle-sized options, the 244-pound Mouhon has the quickness and experience to start doing a whole lot more after generating just two sacks and seven tackles for loss.

Key Game To The Cincinnati Season

at Temple, Oct 20 
Okay, Cincinnati. So how good are you? It’s hardly a lock that the Bearcats can get by Ohio, or win at UConn, or beat Tulane, but it they’re in for a decent season, they should be 5-1 – with a loss at UCLA to open the season – or at very worst, 4-2. Get past Tulane, and there’s a week off to rest up for the Owls.

With a road game at SMU after facing the Owls, and with Navy, USF and at UCF to follow, it’s going to be an ugly run if they’re not able to get by them for the first time since 2014.

2017 Cincinnati Fun Stats

– 1st Quarter Scoring: Opponents 106 – Cincinnati 40
– Red Zone Scoring: Opponents 40-of-46 (87%) – Cincinnati 33-of-44 (75%)
– Time of Possession: Cincinnati 32:09 – Opponents 26:36

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